Holiday idea to ignite language interest

1 Class activity: The students having fun during an NiE project as Rahim (in suit) looks on with Star Media Group (formerly known as Star Publications (M) Bhd) audience management senior executive Rofitmiah Abd Karim (centre). 

English lessons are so much more fun these days at a vocational college, thanks to sponsored NiE pullouts.

STUDENTS were delighted when English teacher Nor Syahfidzah Noh told them to plan a holiday to a country of their choice.

It was a refreshing idea for a Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) session in class. The students from Kolej Vokasional Sungai Buloh, Selangor, were required to look for words that could best describe each aspect of their holiday plan.

Right from the destination of their choice to transportation needs and items that they needed for their holiday, the exercise required them to select apt words and adjectives – all within 10 minutes.

Students were soon engrossed and engaged in their respective groups, flipping through copies of The Star and its NiE pullout.

The vocational college was one of the recipients of the pullout sponsored by Maslow Trainers and Consultants Sdn Bhd. The company had contributed RM60,000 to The Star’s NiE programme.

The college’s English unit coordinator Nurulaini Muhammad said that group work motivated students to do their best.

“Using just the textbook module is not enough. We need to use different methods to get them interested.

“The newspaper presents a different perspective and I usually conduct a mini contest to encourage them,” she added.

“What I like most about using the newspaper as a learning tool is that the lessons are certainly livelier. Students are not afraid of making mistakes.”

During NiE activities, Nurulaini said that students were all eager to speak because it encouraged interaction. “It’s good to hear them speak some English words, which is better than using the modules where they won’t make any attempt to speak in English at all.”